Regional Assembly of Elders

Regional Assembly of Elders

Last week Matthew & I had the privilege of joining with 25 pastors from ten churches in our region (VA, WV, NC, SC, TN, & KY) for our first regional assembly of elders. Our first order of business was to elect our regional leader (Mickey Connolly) along with members for each of the regional committees (church planting, judicial, ordination & nomination).  Matthew & I were elected to the committees of our planting for me and ordination for Matthew.  We discussed how we’ll relate together as regional churches and there was a strong desire to hold regional conferences every year or two including a family conference (like the old Celebration conferences) in 2015.  We ended with a wonderful time of prayer for the churches in our region.

During the two days we shared meals and meaningful fellowship as well as fun relationship-building times like a bowling competition which the Virginia team lost.  Our penalty was to serve dinner to the winning team.  It fell to me to serve Mickey which was quite a treat.

Several of the churches have been through difficult times over the past couple of years, but Matthew & I were encouraged by the faith and joy evident throughout.  There was a palpable unity of heart that made our gathering deeply meaningful.  We’ll be watching for fruit in the months ahead, but we’re encouraged that our region is off to a great start.  Thank you for your prayers.  I’m attaching some photos for your enjoyment.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Walter Lewanowicz wrote:
Glad to hear how things went during this historic event, and the Lord's encouragement to all of you. We are also grateful to the Lord for His ongoing mercy and grace for us as churches, and trust He will continue to grow us into all that He desires, for His glory.

Thanks for your obedience to Him.

Mon, May 6, 2013 @ 9:28 PM

2. Vanessa F wrote:
SO GLAD your time went well! :) Thankful for God's *blessings* of unity, building and vision for the days to come!
GREAT is His faithfulness!!

Tue, May 7, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

3. Karin Kruger wrote:
It blesses my heart to read of God's faithfulness to unite us in Him. Grace upon grace. Thank you for sharing with us.

Tue, May 7, 2013 @ 4:33 PM

4. Barb Powers wrote:
I am so pleased to hear that the first gathering of Elders went so well. I pray that the anointing of our Lord will fall upon each one of you and that mighty things will be accomplished for the Kingdom of God through the leadership and their collective congregations. May the evidence of God's love and favor be seen in the coming years.

Gene and Matthew, you are not only "special", but to be commended for your trust and love for the God we all serve. Thank you......

Because of "His" love,

Tue, May 7, 2013 @ 5:44 PM

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